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THE COFFEE HOUSE #148




This month in THE COFFEE HOUSE:

BP GLOBAL MOVES A US SOLAR PANEL PLANT TO ASIA: ARE WE READY TO COMPETE IN THE EMERGING GREEN ECONOMY?
Even as the Obama administration has launched a substantial green energy program as part of the stimulus plan, BP Global recently announced plans to shut down its solar panel manufacturing facility near Frederick, Maryland and move the operation to China and India. Which raises the question, is the US ready to compete for a significant share of the growing global green energy production market. We put that question to Steven Mufson, energy reporter for the Washington Post. (Host: Mike Tidwell)

THE FORGOTTEN STORY OF A PRO FOOTBALL ICON: ART ROONEY
His image is that of the fat, cigar-chomping sports executive. But as Rob Ruck and Maggie Patterson, two of the authors of Rooney: A Sporting Life reveal, Steeler owner Art Rooney was a three-sport athletic superstar in his youth, but it wasnât baseball, boxing or even football that made him rich, it was betting the ponies. (Host: Mark Cohen)

TURNING YOUNG FELONS INTO POETS
The Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop in the District of Columbia is reaching juvenile felons housed in adult corrections facilities with a program that includes a book club and poetry writing. We visit âHear Us Out! 2009,â a poetry reading by the formerly incarcerated youth, and learn about the program from Free Minds co-founder Tara Libert. (Produced by Mark Cohen)

ARTISTS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS GATHER AND EXHIBIT OUTSIDE DC
Silver Spring is host in April to the first ever Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival, featuring hundreds activist artists â visual, spoken word, multi-media, theater, music â who have joined together to raise awareness of human rights and justice issues. We speak with the events organizer, visual artist Tom Block. (Host: Mark Cohen)

Also⦠poet Brian Gilmore and singer-songwriter Lynn Hollyfield.


Producer Mark Cohen


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